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The Crossroad Audiobook

The Crossroad

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Publisher's Summary

On 2 September ,2008, in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life.

His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery in wartime since Keith Payne in 1969.Yet Mark's journey to those crucial moments in Afghanistan was almost as exceptional as the acts that led to his VC. He was a rebellious child and teenager, even before the death of his father - a Vietnam veteran - when Mark and his brother were in their mid-teens. A few years later, their mother disappeared, presumed murdered. Her body has never been found.

Mark's decisions could have easily led him down another path, to a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime. But he chose a different road: the army. It proved to be his salvation and he found himself a natural soldier, progressing unerringly to the SAS, the peak of the Australian military.

From his turbulent early years to the stark realities of combat in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, Mark's book is the frank and compelling story of a man who turned his life around by sheer determination and strength of mind.

©2013 Mark Donaldson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    craig 07/01/2016
    craig 07/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute and did not tune out at any stage. Have listened to this twice and could easily do it a third time.

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    Marc 03/12/2016
    Marc 03/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, Well Read!"

    Highly recommend this book, very open and honest, also very Australian! The narrator is excellent for this book.

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    Justin 29/10/2016
    Justin 29/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "its a nice n calm story of his life. very humbel"

    storys is really calm. not much of adventure.
    mostly about the life. thank you for serving this beautiful nation

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    Kfir 25/10/2016
    Kfir 25/10/2016
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    "Great story"

    He is a great man....
    Love any moment....
    I will recommend to every one.

    Thank you for sharing your life.

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    michael 14/10/2016
    michael 14/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "And amazing story of a true Aussie Hero."

    An amazing story of a true Hero. It made mw proud to be an Australian

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    Jeff Imms 26/09/2016
    Jeff Imms 26/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The amazing life story of Mark Donaldson"

    i absolutely loved this book. It is brilliantly brought to life in this audio book.

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    Nick 24/09/2016
    Nick 24/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Great read. Narrator needs to talk to a soldier to get his pronunciation right, otherwise great.

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    james 09/09/2016
    james 09/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW"

    Mark Donaldson is a true Australian hero. Well written and amazing story. Narrator is great.

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    Rowan 29/08/2016
    Rowan 29/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read. Great story."

    My only issue is with the reader. i wish he could pronounce minimi. Other than that a great story from a great man.

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    Graham Just 27/08/2016
    Graham Just 27/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "great book great story"

    inspirational
    this is one bloke that can be proud of his lifes acceivements .
    i am writong this 12 months after listening to it and i would rate it as the best book i have listened to
    i recomend this audio book

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    "Outstanding. My book of the year"
    Where does The Crossroad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. Loved the story, loved the presenter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark was the focus of the book and I loved his honesty, integrity and grit.


    What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

    Loved David's emotion in the story, you really felt like you were there in the desert with Mark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were places when I learnt of people dying that I got truly choked up.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of books an this is definitely my book of the year. A long but thrilling read. Totally got my monies worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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